Idaho State University Children’s Chorus

The Idaho State University Children’s Chorus will present its annual Christmas Concert on Saturday.

POCATELLO — The Idaho State University Children’s Chorus will present its annual Christmas Concert at 1 p.m. Saturday in Goranson Hall in the Fine Arts building on the ISU campus.

The ISU Music Department and Choral Director Sarah Davids are happy to invite the public for a free, delightful afternoon of children’s voices singing sacred and secular Christmas songs that will capture your heart and fill you with the Christmas spirit. Julie Taylor will accompany the choir on piano.

The program will include the favorite “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” as well as a delightful arrangement of “Jing Jingle Bells,” a creative spiritually styled “Mary Sat A-Rockin,” along with several other moving and even humorous pieces. A highlight of the concert this year will be “The Angel Choir And The Trumpeter” arranged by John Leavitt. The choir is privileged to have the ISU Music Department’s assistant professor of trumpet, Dr. Eddie Ludema, and ISU music students accompany the choir with a wonderfully talented brass quintet. The piece was originally recorded by the Canadian Brass and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.

The Select Choir, which is a small auditioned group from the larger chorus, will perform separate songs that you will enjo,y and you will get to hear the scale of more difficult music that they take extra time to rehearse and perform. Their repertoire includes a unique and modern arrangement of “Joy To The World,” an absolutely beautiful song with harmonies you won’t want to miss entitled “Cradle Hymn,” and “O Magnum Mysterium.”

Traditionally, students are chosen by audition to perform individual solos or ensembles at the concerts by presenting music that they have prepared on their own. Those students chosen to sing for the Christmas Concert are Mariah, Elaine and Sally George, singing an a cappella trio, “Dona Nobis Pacem,” and Katie LeFevre singing “Where Are You Christmas?”

Come and enjoy the concert this holiday season performed by this wonderful choir that has been bringing quality music to Pocatello for the past 32 years.